"The Living and Loving Life Survivor Group has been good to me and they have given me good advice. They are like my sisters."
Anonymous Breast Cancer Survivor
A community-based initiative of the University of Maryland Medical Center's Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) aims to eliminate cancer deaths in Baltimore City through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment. BCCP is funded through Maryland's Cigarette Restitution Fund Program, Avon Foundation and the Maryland Affiliate of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
It was created in 2001 to help eliminate cancer deaths in Baltimore City through early detection, diagnosis, treatment and education. Since then, the program has screened more than 22,000 Baltimore City residents, provided more than 7,000 free clinical breast exams, 7,700 mammograms, 4,500 cervical cancer screenings, and 3,068 oral cancer screenings. Of those screened since 2001, 91 individuals have been diagnosed with cancer, the majority of them detected at an early stage of the disease.
In FY09, BCCP hosted a retreat for breast cancer survivors at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Chesapeake, Maryland with the theme, "Let's Focus On Surviving: The Role of Genetics, Exercise and Nutrition in Survivorship." Both providers and patients enjoyed educational and relaxing activities all focused on survivorship.
BCCP also produced a calendar for 2010 featuring patients of the program, offering words of courage and hope. The calendar was sold and all proceeds go back to the BCCP breast cancer support group.